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LEF Launches First Peer-to-Peer Campaign to Support Teacher Grants

Encouraged by an enthusiastic local community wanting to help, LEF is launching its first online peer-to-peer campaign beginning September 16th to support Teacher Grants as they prepare to award over $100K to teachers on October 1st.

“Since the world first turned upside down in March, we’ve received an overwhelming amount of support from the community wanting to engage and help support the district’s needs. This peer-to-peer fundraising campaign is a way for community members to safely fundraise during the pandemic and reach a wide network of people who also want to help, resulting in a domino effect that raises much needed awareness and funds,” says LEF Executive Director, Thomas White.

Selecting teacher grants as the first fund to support through the peer-to-peer campaign model was an easy decision for LEF, given everything changing in today’s educational environment. Traditionally, teacher grants are awarded grants for new books, equipment and technology but virtual and in-person learning present such polar opposite challenges that teachers and schools have had to discover innovative new solutions. Teacher Grants is LEF’s way of helping provide the resources needed to implement those solutions.

Since the foundation’s establishment in 1990, LEF has awarded over $1.4 million for a total of 1,360 teacher grants to LISD. Usually awarded to teachers in August, the celebration of surprising recipients with their grant money was postponed this year due to public health regulations. On Thursday, October 1st, 68 teachers will be awarded teacher grants totaling nearly $103,000.

“We are proud past grant recipients, and the grants we received have changed our classrooms for the better and helped us to provide a positive, inclusive environment for ALL our students!” says teacher super-duo Bethany Hardwick and Jennifer Rodgers, previous grant recipients. “Teaching has changed more in the last 6 months than ever before, but teachers have all stepped up to the challenge.  Grants help teachers get the funds they need to provide students with new learning tools in this ever-changing environment.”

Donations through this campaign go even further thanks to the support of local community partner Point Bank who are making a lead gift of $5,000 to match, dollar-for-dollar, any donation to teacher grants between now and the end of September.

“We’re an organization that works closely with the district community and can see first-hand just what an amazing impact teachers have on our children, in and out of the classroom. The resources provided to them through Teacher Grants helps them go even further in improving education. To be able to be a part of this campaign and provide a matching gift is our absolute pleasure,” says Ray David, President at Point Bank.

Community members who want to help fundraise for the campaign can register online at www.p2p.onecause.com/lisdteachergrants, create their fundraising profile and send out messages and invitations through a user-friendly dashboard. People wanting to make a gift can also visit the website to submit their donation online.

“The virtual campaign is such an incredible way to support your teachers!” says Hardwick and Rogers. “A simple click of the share button can go such a long way for your child and help your teachers and students to face these new challenges together.”